February Community Health Corner

February Community Health Corner

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to the show notes for our February Community Health Corner. This month, we are bringing you even more information that will help us all live healthier lives.

In the show, Ursula is going to discuss the dangers of vaping as well as some common misconceptions associated with it.

After our vaping education, Shelby is going to teach egg-techniques, including how to boil and peel eggs, and poaching eggs. She will also share a trail mix recipe and discuss the benefits of purchasing frozen produce.

After our food segments, Cozell is going to take us away by covering the basics of strength training. This segment is great for our followers that are new to fitness.

Dr. Bob is going to close us out by discussing how to use and take over the counter medicine correctly.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Take Care

While most people today are informed about the health hazards and risks of cigarette smoking, there are many misconceptions about e-cigarettes and the dangers they pose to a person’s health and wellbeing. Vaping is also no longer limited to adults that are trying to quit smoking.

Over 4 million high school students and 1 million middle school students report regularly using e-cigarettes – that’s about 1 in every 4 students.

For more educational information what vaping is, and some tips to talk to your children about it, check out our article below. Stay tuned for our blog post on Friday which discusses the specific dangers of vaping.

Cooking Skills

Ever struggled to boil eggs to the cook you want? Too little time and you can get some eggs that are too runny, but too long and you can have them overcooked.

The image to the right depicts cook times for boiling eggs and is a great reference for anyone that may be unsure how long to boil their eggs depending on the wanted cook.

To peel your freshly boiled eggs, we recommend that you remove the egg from the pot, allow it to cool, then roll it on the counter with the palm of your hand.

Gently press to make cracks all over the shell. Once this is achieved, you can remove the peel easily.

All of these skills, as well as poaching an egg, are covered in the show. If you would like a quick video on how to poach an egg, check out the attached clip below.

Eat Better

Looking for a simple and quick snack option for your household? Consider getting ingredients to make trail mix! Trail mix is entirely customizable and is a versatile snack, perfect for couch sitting, lunch packing, and on the go nourishment.

To make a trail mix, add any combination of ingredients, such as the following:

  • Raw nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, peanuts
  • Raw seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds
  • Dried Fruit: apricots, mangoes, raisins, cranberries, dates, berries, coconut
  • Other Mix-ins: popcorn, chocolate, spices

As promised, below are three trail mix recipes that are delicious. The recipe we make in the show is the berry chocolate trail mix!

Cooking Cents

Fresh versus frozen produce, what takes the cake? You’ll have to watch the show for our official recommendation, but this image gives you some quick facts to give you an idea of the pros and cons of each.

Move More

Strength training is a tool that can help you build endurance, tone your muscles, and improve your physical wellbeing.

With regular strength training in your routine, you can reduce your body fat and increase your strength by building muscle mass.

Building strength is the foundation for most workout programs for both beginners and experts, no matter what your personal goals are. Strength training is so vital, it literally fits into almost every exercise regimen!

This general guide to strength training by Sarah Richards does a great job at suggesting simple workouts that target building strength. Check it out!

See Your Doctor

Ever get prescribed medicine by an urgent care or by your doctor, and wonder why you have to take it for so long even if you start feeling better before you finish it? Well, just because you feel better does not mean that your sickness is gone.

When you are sick with a virus, like Covid-19 or the flu, you will not be prescribed antibiotics because antibiotics are not made for viruses. Antibiotics are prescribed to help your body kill harmful bacteria, which cause things like strep-throat, bronchitis, or other infections.

To understand why you need to finish your full course of prescribed medications, check out this article by Sarah Bradley. If you are someone that struggles with taking your medications as prescribed, check out some helpful tips in this article by the FDA.

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